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A Child's Sight

The Save Our Sight Program Can Make a Difference

The purpose of the Save Our Sight Fund is to ensure children in Ohio have good vision and healthy eyes. By training individuals to identify children with potential vision problems and by providing educational programs to promote eye health and safety, we can begin to better protect the children in our communities and improve their quality of life and ability to learn.

Common Eye Problems

Amblyopia or lazy eye — reduced vision in one eye due to non-use. Amblyopia is caused most frequently from a misalignment of a child’s eyes (such as crossed eyes). A difference in image quality (one eye focuses better than the other) can also lead to amblyopia. In either case, one eye becomes stronger and takes over the job of seeing while the other eye goes unused.

Astigmatism — prevents all parts of an image from being focused by the eye at one time. In this case, no matter how the eye is focused, some part of the image will be blurred and often distorted.

Color deficiency — inability to perceive differences in color, usually for red or green, less frequently for blue or yellow. Condition exists in varying degrees from minor loss to complete color blindness.

Hyperopia or farsightedness — a refractive error in which the eyeball is too short, or the refractive power is too weak. Generally, near objects appear blurry, while distant objects appear clear.

Myopia or nearsightedness — a refractive error in which the eyeball is too long or the refractive power is too strong. Generally, distant objects appear blurry, while near objects appear clear.


Signs That Your Child May Have a Vision Problem

  • Crossed or misaligned eyes
  • Complains of blurred or double vision
  • Red-rimmed, encrusted, swollen or infected eyelids
  • Excessive tearing or blinking; sensitivity to light
  • Rubs eyes frequently
  • Squints
  • Turns or tilts head to see better
  • Eyes are tired, itch, burn or feel scratchy
  • Covers one eye
  • Uses finger to maintain place while reading
  • Avoids close work
  • Sits too close to the T.V. or holds book too close
  • Irritable when doing close work
  • Headaches, dizziness or nausea following close work   

  • Last Reviewed: 11/02/2016